Toffees and brittle Christmas candy are ideal for those who love the combination of crunchy nuts and sweet, rich caramel flavor. Offer these treats at holiday time for guests to enjoy with coffee or tea. Or give them out as gifts, broken into uniform pieces or uneven shards, wrapped in cellophane bags. You might also give lucky recipients a small hammer and let them do the cracking.
Of all the sweet treats we enjoy during the holiday season, fudge is perhaps the most iconic. Soft, chocolaty, and oh-so-sweet, fudge can be made the old-fashioned way, with careful temperature monitoring and lots of beating by hand to achieve the perfect texture. Or, take advantage of our easy fudge recipes that rely on marshmallows to create smooth, foolproof results. Whichever recipe you choose, be sure to make enough for sharing!
With more than 400 submissions, we saw some fascinating gingerbread houses (ranches, cottages, and tree houses) inspired by your favorite Christmas songs, paintings, books, and time periods. Take a look at our favorite entries.
When moisture condenses and freezes on a window, some say that Jack Frost has stopped by, leaving the lacy pattern as a souvenir. Grace your panes with paper snowflakes, attaching them with poster putty. Or make a wreath of snowflakes by sticking them one at a time to a wall with poster putty. Kids can happily occupy themselves cutting out dozens of paper snowflakes. Then adults can step in with thread and tape, and together you can watch your family's own gentle blizzard materialize.